Your father taught you how to ride a bike, change a tire, pitch a tent, defend yourself, and a host of other life skills you carry with you to this day. So another striped tie or “World’s Best Dad” mug this Father’s Day simply won’t do. If you truly want to show your dad he’s the best, why not gift him with an experience he’ll always remember?
Fortunately, tourist-friendly San Diego is full of exciting activities and events, so whether your dad has a thirst for adventure or prefers anything involving a chair and a beer, check out these ideas for things to do in San Diego on Father’s Day.
San Diego International Boat Show
Even if your dad isn’t in the market for buying a boat, there’s plenty to see at the annual San Diego International Boat Show, which takes place June 15-18 at Spanish Landing Park. You can tour an expanded selection of 80-foot-plus luxury “superyachts,” get your feet wet with stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking, sample food from San Diego’s most popular food trucks, enjoy live entertainment, or relax with your dad on the floating Tiki Bar.
Miramar Speed Circuit
Let’s face it, most dads have a competitive streak, so if you want to get back at him for all those years he beat you at Mario Kart, check out the real thing at Miramar Speed Circuit. The indoor go-kart track is the only one of its kind in San Diego, and it provides a thrilling experience for kids and adults alike. If your dad bests you on the track, no worries—the facility also includes a laser tag arena, so you can challenge him there, too.
iFly San Diego
Almost everyone who’s tried actual skydiving insists it is one of the most amazing (and scariest) experiences of their life. If your dad is into “safe” thrills, you can’t do better than indoor skydiving, which simulates accurate freefall conditions in the safety of a vertical wind tunnel. Who knows, maybe after getting a surge of adrenaline in the tunnel, your dad will want to try the real thing!
San Diego is known as America’s craft beer capital, which is no surprise considering the county is home to over 100 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs. But whether your dad is a national brand fan or a craft brew connoisseur, he’ll no doubt enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process during a brewery tour. In addition to offering a roundup of beer history and tips on tasting the differences between brews, most brewery tours include a sample flight of beers to enjoy at the end.
Stand-up comedy show
Who doesn’t like to laugh? Fortunately for San Diegans, the city boasts a handful of top-notch comedy clubs featuring huge national names and hilarious up-and-comers. Check out the listings at Comedy Store, American Comedy Co., and Mad House Comedy Club. There’s nothing like laughter to foster closeness and bonding, and who better to bond with than good old Dad?
If you liked playing board games or video games with your dad when you were a kid, you’ll both love the scavenger hunts available in Old Town, Little Italy, and the Waterfront through Urban Adventure Quest. In the three-hour game, players roam around the neighborhood using their phones to solve clues and complete challenges while learning tidbits of local history. Team up with Dad and Grandpa or any other fathers you want to spend some quality time with.
Brunch at Streetcar Merchants
Before you set out on your Father’s Day adventure, you’ll want to fill up with a hearty feast. So why not give your dad an amazing culinary experience at a restaurant near the beach? At Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee, we serve the best fried chicken and waffles in San Diego. Our quality ingredients and home-cooked goodness have earned us a reputation as one of the best restaurants in La Jolla. So bring your dad in for brunch this Father’s Day, either as prelude to a thrilling adventure or as an activity all its own.
And if you’re planning to be in North Park, we have a location there, too. Come eat with us!